Apple crisp with cranberries – a Thanksgiving dessert

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Apple crisp recipe with cranberries gets an extra boost of flavour from a touch of molasses.

Apple crisp was a favourite dessert when I was growing up. I loved the soft tart apples but the best part was really the crunchy topping. Mom made her apple crisp with rolled oats, butter and brown sugar which to me tasted just like candy.

My mom never wrote her recipe down. Instead she just eyed it, especially when it came to sweetening the fruit. That’s the thing – the amount of sugar added to the fruit depends on how tart your apples are. I prefer firm, tart cortlands but for this recipe you can use your favourite or whatever you have on hand. The amount of molasses that I have included with the filling works for a tart apple. But if you have a really sweet tooth more is good too (up to 2/3 of a cup).

Adding molasses to the fruit makes the caramel-like sauce that forms during cooking extra rich. You could serve this with ice cream, but it doesn’t need it. (My son prefers apple crisp straight up for breakfast.)

Apple cranberry crisp


  • 5-6 apples, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup Grandma Fancy Molasses
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp butter for dabbing


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened


For the filling:

  1. Place the apples and cranberries in a medium casserole dish.
  2. Pour over the molasses, sprinkle with cinnamon and dab with the butter.


For the topping:

  1. Combine the flour, rolled oats and brown sugar.
  2. Add butter and mix together into a crumble.
  3. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the apples.
  4. Bake at 375 F for 35-45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Serve hot or warm.

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46 thoughts on “Apple crisp with cranberries – a Thanksgiving dessert

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  3. Dawne says:

    Love molasses! Just took it out of the oven, and it smells delicious! Had to alter slightly to make it gluten free, but I just know it’s going to be good!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Dawne, I’m glad it was easy to adapt for a gluten-free diet. Good thing molasses is gluten free too!

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  14. debhra a patchell says:

    in the oven hmmmm

  15. debhra says:

    in the oven ,,

  16. debhra says:

    in the oven

  17. Ang says:

    just wondering if partridge berries can be substituted for the cranberries?

    1. Bridget says:

      I bet this apple crisp would be delicious with partridge berries. Are they more tart than cranberries? (I have only had partridge berry jam so don’t know how tart they are on their own). If that’s the case you can add a bit more molasses to the filling. Enjoy!

  18. peggy murray says:

    i am going to try this one for sure.

  19. Audrey says:

    Can’t wait to try this one ~ sounds delicious and really different with the molasses! It would make a nice Christmas dinner dessert!

  20. Marlene Duffy says:

    This is really good

  21. Nancy says:

    will try this one trying new recipes

  22. karen says:

    I just made this recipe got it in the oven , it was so easy to prepare….it looks delicous can’t wait to taste it…..

  23. Audrey Trask says:

    I have made “apple crisp” for years, in fact, my mother made it when I was a child. This recipe with the cranberries sounds good. I will try it.

    1. Bridget says:

      Audrey, I hope you enjoy it. The recipe is an adaptation of my mom’s apple crisp.

  24. Betty says:

    Sounds great, i’m going to try this.

    1. > Im going to try this for my Thanksgiving on Monday.

      1. Bridget says:

        Betty, I hope that you enjoyed it!

  25. Lillian Mac Innis. says:

    Thank you so much. Have tried a few and certainly intend to try many more.

  26. Connie Baggs says:

    This sounds really good ,I have to try this, thank you.

    1. Betty says:

      > I will try this for my Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday.

    2. Cecilia Tan, says:

      > so delicious really love my family.

    3. Nancy Erb says:

      > If it has cranberries and apples-it has to be delicious!

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